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venial - (of a fault or sin) forgivable; trivial
droll - queer and amusing
ordination - ceremony conferring holy orders; ceremony of ordaining a priest
atrocity - brutal deed; ADJ. atrocious
taut - tight; strained; tense; ready; OP. slack
nemesis - someone seeking revenge; source of downfall or ruin; CF. Nemesis
bastion - stronghold; something seen as a source of protection; Ex. the last bastion of male chauvinism
sidetrack - switch (a railroad car) to a siding; divert from a main issue; N. CF. siding: short section of railroad track connected by switches with a main track
brook - tolerate; endure; Ex. brook no interference; N: small stream
fatalism - belief that events are determined by forces or fates beyond one's control; ADJ. fatalistic; CF. fatal: causing death